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2012 Music Managers Awards - Prizes announced

2012 Music Managers Awards - Prizes announced, Last week to nominate

There are a lot of misconceptions about what a music manager does so the Annual Music Managers Awards aims to recognise the reality… along with dispelling a few of the myths along the way.

The MMF and PPNZ have extended nominations till 8th of April for music managers that have shown excellence in the following categories.

Manager of the Year: Awarded to the Manager who has accomplished outstanding results for their artists in 2011.

International Achievement: Awarded to the Manager who has achieved exceptional results in an international territory with their artists in 2011.

Self Managed Artist:
Awarded to the Self-Managed artist who has executed impressive work in managing their own musical career in 2011.

Upcoming Manager: Awarded to a new Manager that displays potential in the field.

Breakthrough Manager: Awarded to the Manager who has helped their artist burst on to the New Zealand Music scene.

Best Venue: Voted for by MMF members, the best venue is awarded to the venue who works in a dependable, honest partnership with the band and it's management to put on a successful show.

Best Independent Tour: Awarded to the Manager who has organised the best tour of 2011. Factors include the booking, the logistics and the promotion of the tour. NB: conditions apply

Online Achievement: The Internet has changed the music industry as we know it. This award aims to recognise work done by managers on social media and through other online channels.

Outside the Box Award: This award recognises new thinking and innovation in trying to get music into the ears of the listener. Those crazy hair brained schemes that are hailed as genius and those that are so bad they are good.

Industry Champion: This award voted for by the MMF Members, recognises an organisation that is dedicated to being an advocate and champion for the New Zealand Music Industry.

This year, for the first time, non MMF members are able to be nominated in any category. However, similar to the New Zealand Music Awards, non member nominees will be required to pay an entry fee which will include a 12 month membership to the MMF.

To nominate a manager, email with the artist's name and the manager, along with the categories that you would like to nominate them for. The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 8th, 2012.

The nominations will be shortlisted by a panel of Music Industry experts and the finalists will be announced at the beginning of New Zealand Music Month. All winners will be celebrated at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 16 May at the Backbeat Bar in Auckland.

Some of this year's amazing prizes include:
• Advertising campaigns with Groove Guide, New Zealand Musician, Volume, 95bFM, Eventfinder and Phantom Billstickers
• Production hire from The Production Company
• HTC Smartphones from Vodafone
• Shoes from Converse
• 1 Years subscription to RIP IT UP magazine for all winners
• Free registration to the Big Sound Music Conference in Brisbane with return flights provided by grabaseat
• Free Registrations to Sounds Aotearoa
• CD Manufacturing run from Stebbing Recording Centre
Download the 2012 Awards Terms and Conditions here

Background Information:

THE MMF NEW ZEALAND is part of International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF), a worldwide community of music managers, with active organisations in the UK, Canada,France, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Poland, United States, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Italy and Ireland.

The NZ MMF offers professional development in the form of regular national seminars and mentoring sessions, as well as Music Industry networking opportunities for managers and bands to share and learn from the experiences of others, and an avenue through which common problems and areas of concern can be discussed. The MMF ultimately seeks to improve the managers’ capacity to support the careers of the artists they represent. There are 4 regional areas for the MMF - Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

For more information visit us at or email Lorraine Owen at

PPNZ Music Licensing is a New Zealand not-for-profit music licensing company, established to obtain fair compensation for recording artists and record companies for their public performance rights.

Representing many thousands of artists and record companies both locally and internationally, PPNZ licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media/online use. This includes television and radio broadcasters and a wide range of businesses using our members recordings – such as bars, cafes, retail stores, hairdressers, gyms and many more.

The PPNZ Recording Artist and Producer Fund ensures that local artists receive their royalties direct – so it’s important that recording artists and labels register with PPNZ. It’s quick, easy and free!


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